When the New York Red Bulls headed home from Los Angeles following the team’s 2-2 draw with the Galaxy, they did so with a point in their pockets but also a bit more battered and bruised.
A week after captain Dax McCarty was lost for up to six weeks with a tibial plateau fracture, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Damien Perrinelle and Connor Lade each were subbed off with injuries. Lade’s injury, which appeared to be non-contact, looked to be the most serious as we was carted off the field.
In addition, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch was also ejected late in the match as he vociferously argued a late non-call from referee Hilario Grajeda involving LA keeper Brian Rowe. Television replays appeared to show Rowe tripping Alex Muyl in the penalty area, but a foul and subsequent penalty kick were not called.
Through the first 60 minutes, LA dominated play but failed to convert on several high quality chances. New York would make their hosts pay when Gonzalo Veron put the Red Bulls ahead 1-0 at the 68th minute. Running into space behind the Galaxy back line, Veron received a slotted ball from Sacha Kljestan and chipped it past Rowe.
Just minutes later, McCarty’s replacement Sean Davis took a pass from Felipe in the box and sent a well-place curling shot inside the right post for what seemed to be an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
Commenting on the goals from Davis and Veron, Marsch said, “We know we have a great roster, have commitment from many players and quality from many players. I have nothing but pride for everything that these guys put into it and who we are and what we represent.”
However, the Galaxy ramped up the pressure in the final 15 minutes. Substitute Mike Magee would cut the lead to one in the 80th minute and Ashley Cole would equalize in the 89th minute.
The draw allowed New York to run its unbeaten streak to seven games including the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League win on Wednesday night. The Red Bulls have not lost since falling 2-0 to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on July 3.